Thursday, 18 June 2015

June Visitors.

A photo of the BNG which I last saw on the 14th June in the centre of the res. hanging out with a GCG! Its favoured area had been taken over by fishing boats. 
 On the 15th June this wader was resting on the dam. At first its long legs and long bill had me hoping that it would be a Spotted Redshank, which would have been a site tick for me. Alas, not much of a pale super and red is noticeable on the upper mandible so it meant that it was just a Redshank. Still a site year tick, which just demonstrates how bereft of waders we are at Thornton!
 Mind you I still think it has rather long legs
 and its bill seems too long for your average Redshank. And is the bill tip slightly curved down? Hybrid?

 At least two different Red Kite have been recent visitors. This one is missing some tail feathers.
 Being mobbed by the local Herring Gull that has decided to stay this summer and has become very territorial. Seems to survive on a diet of Rainbow Trout.
 This Red Kite seems to be missing 2 primaries on its left wing. 

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